Not only does Dan believe that economic development is critical to grow the tax base in order to provide a form of tax relief to all taxpayers in the community, but also that it puts blighted or under-used properties to their most productive use, creating necessary jobs – especially higher-paying jobs – that can support families in the area. Additionally, economic development maintains Roseville’s vitality and desirability into the future, which sustains our existence as a thriving community.
Dan has supported creation of the Roseville Economic Development Authority (EDA) to maximize the tools available to the City to pursue economic development. The EDA can provide targeted development assistance, but also is a key partner in connecting local businesses to resources for workforce development, small business growth funding, and site selection for expansion.
Both the Mounds View and Roseville school districts which serve Roseville have been implementing significant programs to serve young people who may wish to pursue rewarding technical careers that don’t require college degrees. Dan has encouraged and supported those efforts as they have developed and continued.
Dan’s participation in local business visits as part of the Business Retention and Expansion program has greatly informed his perspective in dealing with issues related to doing business in this community, and has helped grow connections between businesses and local philanthropic efforts as well.